Our December guest for Shelf Edition is one of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Sarah Read! Sarah is an author and librarian.
Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?
So many! Of course The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, because of course. Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured were both incredible. Julie C Day’s The Rampant was also gorgeously dark. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger ticked all my horror and history-loving boxes. Danielle Kaheaku’s In Extremis was beautiful and full of dread. And Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage was one of my favorite reads last year.
What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?
Probably a thousand! But a few of them are: In Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady, The Deep by Alma Katsu, Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise, The Apocalyptic Mannequin by Stephanie M. Wytovitch, The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab, Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson. Also the book that Lisa Morton is currently working on, which likely won’t be out for quite a while but I’m already antsy for it. Gemma Files just announced a few new book deals. I’ll be metaphorically camping out on the publisher’s sidewalk for those. There are so many more, and I feel bad for leaving them off the list. Suffice to say that there are more than I can conceivably read in my lifetime. Part of me is delighted that I’ll always have something exciting to read. Part of me is furious that I’ll miss so much.
Where do you shop for books?
I get 75% of my books from my library, and most of the rest directly from author and publisher friends. If I fall in love with a library book, I’ll pick up a copy at the Barnes & Noble where I work. I try to buy directly from the publisher when I can, though.
Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you’re excited about?
Oh, whoops, I answered this in the second question! Short version: yes, all of them.
Can you tell us anything about your own new or upcoming releases?
My debut novel, The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, was released in February. An anthology I edited called Gorgon: Stories of Emergence also came out in February. By the time you read this, my debut short story collection, Out of Water, will be out and wild in the world! I also have new short stories in volumes 71 and 72 of Black Static, my favorite horror magazine. I threw everything I had into the world this year. Next year will likely be quiet while I refill the writing coffers.
Thank you for joining us, Sarah! Our tbr piles also thank you! If you would like to be featured on a future shelf edition please leave a note in the comments. We’d love to see your shelves!